The current administration is lobbying for better benefits for our veterans - especially with more and more servicemen surviving injuries in Iraq, while living with the loss of limbs and with ongoing needs for medical assistance and caregiving. It seems the least we can do for these servicemen is provide for their care needs when they return home. I know I am grateful I live in a country where, as a woman, I can wear what I want, and earn a living and grateful for the servicemen who protect us and provide for our freedoms.....I wish we could air-drop bikinis to the women in Afghanistan....but back to caregiving for the American veterans.
A question we are frequently asked is what benefits are available for retired veterans. Here is the answer:
Veteran's of qualifying foreign wars do qualify for in-home senior caregiving services, with preapproval from a doctor and the proper documents submitted (doctors at a Veteran's hospital are your best bet for assisting with quick approval or you can also secure this benefit quickly upon discharge from a hospital with the assistance of the hospital social worker).
The veteran and their spouse, with financial assets of $80,000 or less (excluding home and cars) qualify for caregiving services in these amounts:
Up to $1,519 per month for a Veteran
Up to $976 per month for a Veteran's Spouse, even if the Veteran is deceased
Up to $1,801 per month for a Couple
Any licensed senior home care agency that hires caregivers as employees and provides for all of their payroll taxes and insurances will qualify to provide for the care.
You may learn more about the Veteran's benefit, along with the forms to file, on this page of Caregiverlist.
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